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  • Maybe I’m just Jew-ish

    By Tess Cutler

    May 20, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    In Jewish tradition, a child inherits her father’s tribe and her mother’s religion. 

    My father’s not a Cohen or a Levi. He’s not a highborn priest with a fancy title. He’s an Israelite. His ancestors built pyramids and golden calves. They were soldiers, outcasts, and dwellers....

  • Kabbalist Theory of Everything

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    "Derech Hashem -- The Way of God" by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Feldheim, 1997).

    Quietly studying a page of the Talmud on a crowded plane, the great Orthodox teacher and thinker Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was interrupted by a passenger in the next seat.

    "Pardon me. What is that...

  • The Presence of Greatness

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Inspirational speeches are sometimes improved by leaving out the words.

    Deuteronomy records, for the most part, Moses' farewell address to his people. He begins by rehashing the events of the last 40 years, a story laden with some nasty national failings. Seeing that his audience at...

  • Wordless Lessons

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The proverbial apple may not fall far from the tree. Often, though, the question is: which tree?

    The Torah portion opens by tracing Pinchas' lineage back to his paternal grandfather, Moses' brother, Aaron. Pinchas, it will be recalled from last week's reading, dramatically put an end...

  • Reaching Out

    By Adam Wills

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is talking about kabbalistic teachings with such passion that he pitches forward in his chair, but just as quickly settles back. His arms are a flurry of activity, and he continuously grabs the black kippah that keeps threatening to slip from his head.


  • Jews and the Death Penalty

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Many people assume that Jewish law unequivocally advocates capital punishment, because of frequent references to capital crimes and capital punishment in the Torah. But while Jewish law supports the death penalty in theory, the Oral Law makes it difficult, and in most cases...